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Why Italy and Iran
Quote:Why Italy and Iran?
Italy and Iran have been two of the countries hardest hit by the Wuhan coronavirus, outside of China. Why ?    Helen Raleigh explains at The Federalist:
The reason these two countries are suffering the most outside China is mainly due to their close ties with Beijing, primarily through the “One Belt and One Road” (OBOR) initiative.
OBOR is Beijing’s foreign policy play disguised as infrastructure investment. Here’s how it works: China and country X agree to do an infrastructure project in country X. Country X has to borrow from a Chinese bank to finance the project. A contract is always awarded to Chinese companies, which then bring supplies and Chinese employees to country X to build the project.
As a result of One Belt and One Road, there are more than 300,000 Chinese living in Italy.
Almost exactly a year ago in March 2019, against warnings from the EU and the United States, Italy became the first and only G7 country to sign onto OBOR. As part of the deal, Italy opened an array of sectors to Chinese investment, from infrastructure to transportation, including letting Chinese state-owned companies hold a stake in four major Italian ports. …
Lombardy and Tuscany are the two regions that saw the most Chinese investment. Nearly a year later, the first Wuhan coronavirus infection case in Italy was reported in the Lombardy region on Feb. 21. Today, Italy is experiencing the worst coronavirus outbreak outside China, and Lombardy is the hardest-hit region in the country.
The Iran case is interesting as well:
2019 was the year Iran officially signed up to OBOR. China sees Iran as a crucial player to this initiative because Iran is not only rich in oil but also lies in a direct path of an ambitious 2,000-mile railroad China wants to build, which will run from western China through Tehran and Turkey into Europe.
Today, Iranian health officials trace the country’s coronavirus outbreak to Qom, a city of a million people. According to the Wall Street Journal, “China Railway Engineering Corp. is building a $2.7 billion high-speed rail line through Qom. Chinese technicians have been helping refurbish a nuclear-power plant nearby.” Iranian medical professionals suspect either Chinese workers in Qom or an Iranian businessman who travelled to China from Qom caused the spread of the coronavirus in Qom.
News reports indicate that a number of high Iranian officials have contracted coronavirus, and I believe at least one or two have died.
Raleigh explains:
Although on Feb. 1 the Iranian government banned its airlines from flying to China, it made an exception for Mahan Air, an unofficial airline for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The WSJ reported that Mahan Air “had carried out eight flights between Tehran and China between Feb. 1 and Feb. 9 to transfer Chinese and Iranian passengers to their respective home countries.” This explains why so many high-level Iranian officials are infected by the coronavirus, including First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri and more than 20 lawmakers.
Relying on China for economic development was never a good idea, but it turned out to be more dangerous than we knew.

Regarding the 300,000 Chinese workers in Italy, unless I miss my guess the virus outbreak kicked into high gear in Italy shortly after the end of the Chinese New Year, when those workers would have been returning from home to start working again. If a few of them were coming back from the Wuhan area, that could have been several "patient zeros" in Italy, and if the virus does indeed have a spread factor of 2.5 persons infected by each infected person, it could have spread fairly quickly, explaining why Italy has been hit so hard.

On the other hand, I've not seen a breakdown of the numbers from Italy by nationality group, so I don't know if ANY of the Chinese workers had it at all.

Another factor in Italy at least is the age of their population - Italy has a sizeable number of people over 60, and that demographic is the hardest hit by this virus, meaning Italy has a higher proportion of at-risk individuals, and therefore would be expected to have been hit harder than nations with a younger demographic.


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In Sweden they are doing nothing, everything open, borders open , schools ect. The government is giving advice about what to do but nothing closed.
The official line is that they want herd immunity so they want people outside and meeting but I dont believe it.
Sweden has 65+ no go areas, and muslims and Africans dont like the white infidel telling them what to do, so if the government had earlier closed everything most "imports" and there are a lot of them in Sweden would of just continued doing what they want and the world would of seen how little power the government has. Also the government of Sweden is very left/socialist and has been loosing voters so they need the imports to vote for them in the up coming election, and by doing nothing they have shown the imports who is in power.
I believe they will soon start closing everything down as the amount of imports who are dieing is increasing.

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